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Mum’s the Word offering workshops on how to use the paint and wax formula

Tucked away under a canopy of towering pine trees at The Village at Wexford is Mum’s the Word, a retail shop showcasing flowers, antiques, painted furniture, books, artwork, gifts and an assortment of other interesting home accessories. On one particular mid-week afternoon recently, six enthusiastic students in painter’s smocks are seated at a large wooden table with brushes in hand ready to paint their newly inspired creations on workshop wood.

0215-Home-DiscoverySpring Island residence is surrounded by nature’s beauty


As much as Steve and Michelle Karol enjoy their life in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill and the convenience of strolling from their tony townhome to a nearby grocery store in the city, they’re more than delighted to spend time a world apart in nature’s splendor and the great outdoors at their sprawling residence on Spring Island.

Reclamation by Design Ltd. in Bluffton won the New Home Construction award in the $500,000-$749,999 category presented by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBASC) last month in a ceremony on Hilton Head. Company owners Ron and Patricia Strimpfel of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association received their prestigious Pinnacle Award at the 12th annual awards presentation ceremony, earning one of 15 awards given in five categories for superior craftsmanship in new home building and remodeling.

The HBAC membership is composed of home builders, trade contractors, suppliers and industry professionals. Marc Ellis of Hilton Head is the state representative of the association.

J Banks Design Group of Hilton Head earned first place in the 2014 American Society of Interior Designers Carolinas chapter for its work on a first-class healthcare facility in the more than 7,000 square feet category. Banks’ owner and president Joni Vanderslice, ASID member, and Jennie Ladutko, allied member, shared this honor. Ladutko also placed second in the hospitality design category by the association.

Thirty construction companies and builders that are members of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association (HBA) have something new to add to their office display case: a lighthouse-shaped marble obelisk 2014 LightHouse Award for industry excellence as craftsmen.

“For 15 years now the Lighthouse Awards have been recognizing builders with exceptional talents,” said Dan Monroe, chairman of the LightHouse Awards program since its inception in 1999. “Each year, winners redefine excellence for not only the home building industry, but for our Lowcountry community.”

Brian Esposito of Esposito Construction Inc. in Bluffton had won one award already that day and wasn’t expecting another.

“I was very surprised because I had won a previous award,” said Esposito, who founded his company in 2008. “It was very surprising, humbling and gratifying.”


Our gift to you this season: three inspirational ways to dress up a room in your home for the holidays. We asked J Banks Design Group, Planatation Interiors and Pyramids to deck the halls of their showrooms to prove there are options to that twisted know of blinking lights hanging out in the garage. The results were stunning. We hope these images inspire you to create a holiday display so elegant, you just may keep it up all year.

Rustic hunting lodge inspired Savannah native to build luxurious Bluffton home

By Dean Rowland
Photos by Hawkeye Photography

In the beginning, there was a large unspectacular home perched on a spectacular waterfront property on the northern tip of Hilton Head Plantation.


In the beginning, there was a large unspectacular home perched on a spectacular waterfront property on the northern tip of Hilton Head Plantation.

Beyond the rambling backyard of that nearly 5,000-square-foot home built in 1989 stretched more than 200 feet of private pristine waterfront facing Port Royal Sound and a lagoon offside straddling the sixth hole at Oyster Reef golf course.

There was only one small problem with this Lowcountry piece of paradise: There were limited views of nature’s splendor from anywhere inside or outside the home.

All that changed over a 14-month period of renovation in 2012-13 when the homeowners, architect James Ogden, builder Old World Custom Homes and interior designer Kay Buck put their collective talents and visions together.

The integration of manmade hardscapes and nature’s natural landscaping has been transforming Lowcountry outdoor living for many years. We have been moving our indoor comforts and amenities outdoors in rising numbers while watching the value of our homes increase, thanks to outdoor upgrades.

Swimming pools and spas, terraces, patios, fountains, waterfalls, ponds, fireplaces and fire pits, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens and creative lighting partner with saw palms, live oak trees, native shrubs and lush ground covers in artistic harmony to create relaxing low-maintenance personal outdoor environments.